Opinion Writing Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kristen Goode

Kristen has been an educator for 25+ years - as a classroom teacher, a school administrator, and a university instructor. She holds a doctorate in Education Leadership.

Most people have opinions that they would like to share. In this lesson, students will learn how to write a solid opinion essay by following a list of simple steps. Students will also gain practice in writing an opinion piece.

Learning Objectives

By the conclusion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • name the steps in the process for writing an opinion essay
  • write an opinion essay


55-60 minutes with a group presentation to be given on a separate day

Curriculum Standards


Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.


Introduce a topic or text clearly, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure in which ideas are logically grouped to support the writer's purpose.


Provide logically ordered reasons that are supported by facts and details.


Link opinion and reasons using words, phrases, and clauses (e.g., consequently, specifically).


Provide a concluding statement or section related to the opinion presented.


  • access to the related lesson How to Write an Opinion Essay
  • access to the Quiz
  • printed copies of the lesson for each student
  • writing materials (either electronic or pen/paper)


  • Begin by introducing the lesson.
    • Ask students how they would feel about a uniform dress code being enforced at their school (or ask their opinion of their uniform dress code if there is already one in place).
      • Discuss the pros and cons of requiring uniforms for school students.
      • Allow students to express their ideas about uniforms in school (both positive and negative).
    • Talk about how important it is to be able to express one's opinion about something.
    • Ask students to share their thoughts on the purpose (and process) of writing an opinion essay.
  • Before reading through the lesson, be sure students are given access to it either electronically or via printed copy so that they can be reading along as a group.
  • Read the first section of the lesson, ''The Simple Path.''
    • Briefly discuss each of the steps.
    • Discuss possible ideas/tricks for remembering the steps in order.
  • Next, read and discuss each of the individual steps in the process.
    • Be sure to give special attention to all of the terms that have been bolded.
    • Take care to thoroughly discuss each step before moving on to the next.
  • Finally, read the ''Lesson Summary.''
    • Take a moment to quickly review the steps in the process for writing an opinion essay.
    • Allow for class discussion if there is anything that is still unclear.
    • Answer any questions students might have.
  • Administer the Quiz as a means of assessment and/or a check for understanding.

Group Activity

To further reinforce the process, guide students through the following activity.

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